Use an ID card printer or security badges in the workplace? Here’s what you need to know to keep your team safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus as workers return to the office.
Businesses are slowly opening back up after a long lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As employees return to their offices, they face new risks that naturally come from added exposure in close quarters. As a result, health and safety measures are being implemented to help control the spread of the virus in the workplace. And with new COVID-19 cases still rolling in each day, sanitary procedures are more important than ever.
New Health and Safety Guidelines
The CDC has recommended guidelines for reopening business, including the steps required to prioritize employee health and safety. Some of these include employee health monitoring, sanitizing stations, disinfection of high-traffic areas, social distancing measures, and the use of masks.
For individuals in the workplace, one of the best ways to minimize the spread of germs is to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Recommended best practices also include staff training on proper cleaning procedures for office equipment to ensure safety for both employees and clients.
One of the more frequently used pieces of office equipment is an identity card printer, used to create badges, bank cards, corporate ID cards, healthcare ID cards, travel cards, and shopper loyalty cards. These card printers need to be sanitized regularly to keep illness from spreading.
Passing objects from person to person has also been shown to increase the spread of germs. Often these objects include plastic ID cards, which are touched regularly throughout the day: used for opening doors, computer access, paying for meals, checking in at security, and other activities.
It’s important to clean and sanitize both ID card printers and plastic ID cards regularly as businesses return to more normal operation. Wiping plastic ID cards and printers with a disinfecting wipe is a simple way to help keep your team healthy and safe.
Cleaning Plastic ID Cards
Badges and plastic ID cards should be sanitized regularly using antibacterial wipes, especially if they’re touched frequently by multiple people.
If antibacterial wipes such as Lysol wipes are not available, alcohol wipes will also work for cleaning plastic ID cards. Another alternative includes creating a mixture using either diluted hand wash or a concentration of at least 70 percent alcohol. Remember to never mix chemicals.
Cleaning the ID Card Printer
To properly clean your card printer, start by unplugging the printer. Use the same diluted cleaning solution to lightly dampen (not wet) a microfiber cloth and carefully wipe down the printer.
Notes of Caution for ID Printer Cleaning
Protect your printer by making sure to always use a damp (never saturated) cloth. Avoid getting moisture in any of the following places:
- On the dye film
- Inside the printing area below the lid
- In the hand feeding slot
- Behind the screen
- In the cable sockets
Swiftpro printers are perfect for servicing almost any industry. In finance, an investment in a Swiftpro printer will solve challenges facing the industry. Our printers are equipped to print credit cards and debit cards, which can be quickly printed at the bank (or mailed to customers who don’t want to physically visit a branch at the moment). With unparalleled security encoding technologies to protect transactions, these cards will be safe for consumers to use.
Additionally, they can be utilized for safe employee identification badges that can have scanner codes which grant access to buildings and are equipped with important security credentials. These printers are equipped with high-level technology that ensure that the visuals and information are accurate and cannot be tampered with or duplicated.
Security is important to us and we know that it is to you, too. Swiftpro financial solutions enable secure, protected transactions for customers using ATMs and making contact or contactless transactions both on and offline.
As you can see from the video below, printer setup for a Swiftpro printer is seamless and easy. In just a few simple steps, you can install film, cards, and be ready to print!
First, install the ribbon and the film. Open the front cover and pull out the orange ribbon cassette. Inside the ribbon cassette is a picture that displays how the ribbon is fitted to the cassette. Take the supply side and place it on the orange spool. Place the opposite end on the black spool. Wind up the tension.
To install the film, take the film cassette out. Note the picture inside the film cassette displaying how the film is fitted to the cassette. Take the supply side and place it on the green spool. Place the opposite end on the black spool. Close the cover.
Lift the card cover on the right side of the printer and insert the cards. Place the cover back on and lock it closed. Attach the card receiver to the left side of the printer.
Power on and enjoy using your Swiftpro printer.
Can you print over a network with Swiftpro printers?
The Swiftpro K30, K30D and K60 printers are all network compatible and follow current IPsec protocol for protecting personal information on the network. Print data is encrypted over the network, so your information stays confidential.
To connect multiple printers to the same network, set a different IP address for each printer.
Security Erase function (patented) – Security Erase prevents leakage of personal information on the ink ribbon. It scrambles information beyond recognition to protect your data.
2-Dimensional Hologram – A hologram is a light diffracting image that exhibits dimensional characteristics. When turned or viewed from a variety of angles, the image appears to move or change.
Guilloche Printing – Guilloche patterns combine complex line detail in an animated wave pattern.
Kinetic Patterns – Kinetic patterns are a series of complex, straight lines or shapes. As the viewing angle of the card is changed, the kinetic image moves across the card, giving it the effect of motion.
2-Channel Image (Flip Image) – A holographic optical feature that consists of two distinct images (art or text) that occupy the same space within the hologram and then shift from one image to another.
Latent Image (Ghost Image) – A holographic optical feature that consists of an image or repeating text pattern and is originated into the hologram so that it only refracts light and is visible at an extreme viewing angle.
Pseudo Color – A holographic optical effect that allows for the assignment of approximate coloration to holographic artwork, thus the image appears in near “true color” at a specific viewing angle.
Microtext – Fine text printing that is not visible to the naked eye.
UV and/or Mica Flip Ink – Under a UV or black light, UV ink fluoresces bright blue. Under normal light, mica ink will shift colors at different viewing angles.
Laser Retrievable Covert Text – Covert text is embedded into a custom hologram OVD or custom guilloche OVD. This allows an examiner to reveal and read a text message using a standard red laser pen.
As the corporate world becomes increasingly connected and ID cards are becoming increasingly important, Swiftpro can help your business deliver better, more efficient performance.
Luckily, setting up corporate and employee ID programs has never been easier. Swiftpro ID card printers and laminators are the perfect solution for organizations that require both control of physical and logical access, together with time and attendance tracking. Employee access, visitor, and contractor registration is vital to ensure that site visitors are property badged and identified.
Typical applications for corporate include:
- Employee IDs
- Cashless vending and payment
- Visitor access management
- Multi-application cards
- Contractor access IDs
- Secure ID login applications
- Time and attendance tracking
All Swiftpro printer models work well for the corporate sector.
Need support with a specific product? We make it easy to find drivers, manuals, and answers to frequently asked questions on our website.
Click here to visit our Support page, and then choose the product that you need help with. Once on the product page, scroll down to view the downloads and FAQ. Drivers are provided in .ZIP format – simply unzip to see the contents of the folder. Manuals are provided in PDF format and can be easily viewed on your computer or printed out if needed.
In addition, we provide answers to common questions underneath the Manuals section. We realize that sometimes issues come up that aren’t covered here, so feel free to contact us by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.
The Swiftpro K30 retransfer card printer has outstanding print quality for single-sided printing with 300dpi printing density.
It’s the ideal solution for businesses requiring high-quality identification cards, passes, and badges with personalized access management.
This printer prints single-sided (if you’re looking for a double-sided option, try the K30D) and can print 120 cards per hour. In addition, several security features are offered. The Security Erase function (patented) prevents leakage of personal information on the ink ribbon, scrambling information beyond recognition to protect this data. For network security, the printer supports IPSec (IPv6 / IPv4). Encryption protects personal information on a network.
If you’re interested in a Swiftpro K30 printer, click here to send us a message.
Swiftpro creates business solutions and card programs for physical and logical access control, payment, and identity management. Our applications create security, productivity, and empower the success of businesses worldwide.
The K30 retransfer card printer has outstanding print quality for single-sided printing with 300 DPI printing density.
The K30D retransfer card printer is the ultimate on-demand ID card printer with the added benefit of double-sided printing capability.
The K60 retransfer card printer has high-resolution 600 DPI print capability for clear, sharp imagery, and impressive appearance.
All printers are available with contact and contactless smart encoding technologies and a 100 card input/output hopper (with the option to upgrade to 250 for businesses requiring increased quantity).